Things that wreak havoc on your immune system
Immunity is on everyone's mind these days, for a variety of reasons. If you want to give your immune system a boost, read the five things you might be doing that are actually weakening your immune system, in addition to receiving your vaccine and following all current CDC standards.
Cultivating a healthy immune system is a wise goal, and the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a stark reminder of why it should be one of your top priorities. The lower your body's defenses are, the easier it is for whatever condition is circulating to wreck your life — and while COVID-19 has caused massive damage, we've always been surrounded by diseases that have the ability to hit us hard.
Unfortunately, at a time when being able to fight illnesses is more vital than ever, many of us have poorer immune systems than our forefathers. There's no need to fear because your immune system isn't fixed in stone: by addressing the issues that are causing it to weaken, you can strengthen your defenses and be ready for anything comes your way.
Things that wreak havoc on your immune system
1. Everyday Anxiety
We all deal with stress to some extent, but to different degrees. Light stress is acceptable since it pushes you to succeed and keeps you motivated. Heavy stress, on the other hand, or stress that you experience on a regular basis, is a different story. That kind of stress can produce a slew of issues, wreaking havoc on your body systems and making it difficult to accomplish anything.
If you have the ability to address the sources of your stress, do so. If you can't, you'll have to figure out how to change how you feel about them. Learning to let go of what you can't control isn't easy (in fact, few things are), but it is possible if you stick with it and keep an open mind regarding things like introspection and meditation. This is where therapy comes in handy!
2. Inadequate Nutrition
Whether you're constantly grabbing fast food after a hard workday or overindulging on booze on the weekends, it's easy to fall into unhealthy, less-than-nutritious routines during difficult times. These habits can have an influence on your immune system. Incorporate more of your favorite fruits and veggies into your normal meal plan. Nothing too extreme: just do what you can. (Keep in mind that everything in moderation!)
And, if you can't obtain what you need from your food, try taking supplements. Vitamins and supplements for immune support are commonly associated with supplying supplements to schoolchildren (getting kids to eat healthily is often a difficulty), but they're also beneficial to adults. Even taking a multivitamin once in a while would help, but you should consult a nutritionist to check if you have any evident deficiencies that need to be addressed.
3. An excessive amount of cleanliness
We've all grown accustomed to washing our hands regularly (especially when we've been in shopping) because to the compelling need to keep COVID-19 at bay, so it may seem strange — and even dangerous — to consider reducing your personal cleanliness. But allow me to explain why you should be concerned about it (and, yes, you SHOULD wash your hands often). Our immune systems mature as a result of our exposure to the outside world: they get more well-rounded as a result of fighting off a variety of low-level dangers.
When you make a conscious attempt to avoid anything muddy or filthy, you are denying your immune system the experiences it requires to grow. Then, when something significant occurs, you must fight it off. So, what are your options? Let's be clear about something: washing your hands is never a problem. Handwashing should be done on a regular basis. The issue isn't that you're showering or bathing too much (though that isn't good for your skin either).
No, the issue is a lack of exposure to non-sterile environments (which is especially problematic for children these days). To put it another way, not getting muddy and filthy in parks and fields, or even developing germaphobia. So, if you've been spending too much time indoors, set aside some time to get outside, get some exercise, and slog through some mud (before washing it off). It will be quite beneficial.
4. Lack of hydration
We require water. To a large extent, we are water: believe it or not, nearly half of you are water. So, if you don't stay hydrated, it'll certainly have serious consequences, hurting your overall health and diminishing the effectiveness of your immune system. Thankfully, and for simple reasons, this is the easiest problem to address
Simply begin to drink more water. But don't believe the cliche that you should drink a particular number of cups of water every day. The amount of water you should drink on any given day will be determined by what you're doing and how hard you're working. Drink some water if you're thirsty. Drink a glass of water every time you eat.
5. Not Getting Enough Sleep
It's all too easy to want to put out both ends of the candle, and it's unfortunately associated with success. How many stories have you heard about successful entrepreneurs who built their businesses by working 120-hour weeks? But let's not conflate success with health, because a schedule like that is both physically and mentally damaging. The immune system suffers when the human body is pushed to its limits.
Even with sleep medication, you can't guarantee eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. That is simply not the case. However, you may increase your chances of having a good night's sleep by doing things like taking some mild exercise in the evening, installing blackout blinds, and limiting your usage of electronic devices in the hour before bedtime. The more sleep you get, the better you'll feel and the easier it will be to battle infections.